What’s a ”Kårval”?

Kårval is Swedish for ”Student Union Election” and is the election in which all student union members can run for a seat in and vote for candidates in the student union council; our highest decision-making body. The members of the parliament have a two year long mandate.

When? How can I vote?

Advance voting takes place 24.10–27.10.2023. The final voting will take place 7–8.11.2023.

The voting procedure is online. You’ll need to log in using your ÅAU-credentials and then to further verify your identity you will be asked for your student number. After that you’ll be able to type in the number of the candidate you wish to cast your vote for.

The voting booth will be found behind this link:

Vote here!

The electronic voting booth will close 8.11 at 3 pm.

Election compass for the Student Union Council Elections 2023

The National Union of University Students in Finland’s (SYL) will publish an election compass closer to the election. The link will be posted here.

How can I run?

If you wish to run as a candidate in the Student Union election you must either find an election list you approve of and get on that, or you form your own.

In order to form an election association you must download and fill in this form.  The rules for filling out the form are printed on the form and must be followed. Further rules can be found in the election announcement.

In order to run as a candidate you need to download and fill in the form for candidate nomination. All candidate forms are to be collected by the ombud for the election list who is in charge of making sure the forms are delivered to the Student Union office before the deadline.

Deadline for forming an election association is September 19th at 3.00 pm and the deadline for candidate nomination is September 29th at 3 pm.

Please note: The administrative language of the Student Union of Åbo Akademi University is Swedish – a comprehension of Swedish is necessary to function as a member of the Student Union council.

If you have any questions about the election, please contact the election coordinator at karval@studentkaren.fi.